Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his second professional season with the Giants Nordlingen. He came to Germany as a rookie last season and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the huge 79-77 victory against Iserlohn.
Congrats Jordan on the big 79-77 win against Iserlohn. How big was the feeling of belief before and during the game that the Giants Nordlingen could win this game?
We always believe we have a chance to win any game we play. We’re confident in our ability especially when we come out and play our game.
How did this win show basketball Germany that a thin rotation can beat a deep rotation?
We’re not big on making excuses. We played with a small rotation all season and we’ve been pretty successful. Each team can only play 5 players at once. As long as the 5 players on the court play as a single unit we can win the game.
The Giants Nordlingen and Dresden Titans are the little darlings of the German Pro B. Both teams beat the top teams in the first game showing their underdog strength. How do you feel does Nordlingen and Dresden share this special approach of going out and being able to beat the favorite?
Being the underdog we have nothing to lose. We just focus on going out and doing what we do. We’re not focused on too much else besides our play each game.
The Giants Nordlingen had the slim 36-34 advantage at halftime. With what words of wisdom did head coach Mario Matic send the troops into battle in the second half?
He just told us to continue to battle. We expected the game to come down to the final minutes. We’ve been in that situation enough times to know how to finish tough games.
With five minutes to go the Giants Nordlingen were behind 71-64 and then broke out on a 11-0 run to take the 75-71 lead. The club got instant offense from many guys. Was there any huddle or special words form someone on the court that helped get the team get on track in that phase?
No there weren’t any special words. That game was a game of runs and fortunately we had the last one. We made plays on both ends of the floor which was what we needed.
At the end it was free throws that sealed the win. Did you expect German Ruben Dahmen to miss his last two free throws that would have put the game into OT which kind of made it a very bitter loss for Iserlohn?
We were actually up 3 at the moment Dahmen shot his free throws. He made the first and we knew he would intentionally try to miss the second but he forgot you have to hit the rim in the process of missing. We got the ball back and finished the game.
During the 40 minute game Nordlingen played seven guys and Iserlohn only nine guys. Was this small difference noticeable on the floor for the 40 minutes in having to balance your energy?
I’m not sure. Our small rotation is something we’ve done all season. I think we’ve become accustomed to it and recognize how to manage it at the point.
You played 37,58 minutes scoring 19 points and hauling down 12 boards. At this point of the season does playoff adrenaline erase fatigue in these type of games?
No you definitely feel the fatigue. At this point in the season everyone is tired and fighting injuries. The mental strength to push through it and the smarts to take care of the body throughout the week is the small difference that separates the ones who struggle with fatigue and the ones who don’t.
How efficient was German Kwame Duku with 10 points and seven rebounds with his play?
The past 2 games his play has been huge for us. His effort on the court has really increased throughout the season which has helped us tremendously.
Did you feel like teammate Brandon Lockhart had a bigger sense of urgency to win this game? He really took up the slack in the paint getting his majority of baskets there?
Brandon is such a smart player. He recognized what they were doing on defense and made his adjustment at half time and then dominated the second half. A great performance from him.
The Giants Nordlingen can win the series at home against Iserlohn. With what kind of approach will the team go into the game?
We will go in with nothing special planned. We know it’s a huge game and our motivation is high.
Is taking care of the ball going to be one of the main priorities to clean up in game two as the club coughed up the ball 21 times in game one?
Yes our turnovers last game were what really got us in trouble. Iserlohn is a good team and good teams will always make you pay for your mistakes.
The Golden State Warriors won a tight game against the Grizzlies coming back from 10 to win. They need to win their last two games against the Spurs and Grizzlies to have the best NBA record of all time. Seriously will the Spurs let this happen?
I’m not sure. You never know with Popovich. I can see him resting his players for the playoffs and letting the Warriors tire themselves chasing the record.
Where do you rank the exciting Villanova buzzer beater win in alltime NCAA final games?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more exciting championship game. I believe that Butler vs. Duke game a few years back was great but this one was mind blowing.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Fade To Black
Thanks Jordan for the chat.